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The Green Bay Packers have lost another coach. Assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg stepped down to spend more time with his family. In a statement, head coach Mike McCarthy said he respected Hilgenberg's decision. Hilgenberg played for ten years in the NFL until 2003. He was a coaching intern with the Packers during their Super Bowl season in 2010. He became a full-fledged assistant in 2011 in quality control. Hilgenberg was James Campen's assistant offensive line coach for the past two years. He's the second Green Bay assistant to step down due to family reasons. Linebackers' coach Kevin Greene left soon after the 2013 season, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.
The Milwaukee Admirals will hit the ground running when they open their American Hockey League playoff run tonight. The Admirals won 16 of their final 22 regular season contests -- and they went 2-and-0 against their first-round opponent, the Toronto Marlies. It's a best-of-five series, with Games One-and-Two tonight and tomorrow night at the Bradley Center. The series then shifts to Canada next week. Miikka Salomaki is Milwaukee's top scorer going into the post-season. He has 20 goals and 30 assists for 50 points in 75 contests. T.J. Brennan is Toronto's top scorer. He has 25 goals and 47 assists for 72 points. Toronto earned the third seed by winning the AHL's North Division. Milwaukee is seeded sixth. The Marlies have won three of their last four, but are just 5-5 in their last ten contests.
Milwaukee Brewers' starter Matt Garza will pitch against one of his old teams tonight, when the Crew hosts the Chicago Cubs to open a three-game weekend series. Garza is 0-2 with an ERA of 4.50. The veteran right-hander is coming off three shaky starts in which opponents batted .329 against him. That was after Garza surrendered just two hits in eight innings of his Milwaukee debut on April second. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says Garza changes from outing-to-outing but in his words, "The more we see him, the more we'll understand." Garza started 60 games for the Cubs before he was traded to Texas last July. He was 21-18 in those starts, with a 3.45 ERA. Roenicke said he knew that when Garza was in a groove in those days, Milwaukee was not going to get off easy. Tonight, ex-Brewer Carlos Villanueva takes the mound for Chicago. He's 1-4 with a 10.93 ERA. Villanueva gave up five runs in four-and-two-thirds innings last Sunday against Cincinnati, and he gave up nine runs in three-plus frames before that. The Cubs have a four-game road losing streak. Milwaukee is coming off a home series against San Diego in which they took 2-of-3.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth will try again this weekend to take over the top spot in the Sprint Cup season point standings. The Cambridge native will compete in the Toyota Owners-400 tomorrow night in Richmond Virginia. Qualifying takes place this evening. Kenseth has 296 season points, one in back of Jeff Gordon. Paul Menard of Eau Claire is also entered, along with Beloit-born Danica Patrick and Janesville's Travis Kvapil. No Wisconsin drivers are in tonight's Nationwide Series race at Richmond. The Camping World Truck Series remains off. All three of NASCAR's major circuits had two weeks off. No races took place during the Easter weekend.
There's a chance that both of Wisconsin's PGA golf regulars will not be around for the weekend at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. Jerry Kelly of Madison was tied for 91st early this afternoon, after shooting a one-over-par 73 in his second round today. He's at even-par for the tournament at 144, but the projected cut line was at two-under at last word. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was just starting his second round during the noon hour, after shooting a four-over-76 yesterday. That puts him at four-over, but a good round this afternoon could let him make the cut. Ben Martin and Seung-Yul Noh were the early afternoon leaders at four-under.
For the first time, more than ten-thousand golfers have signed up for the U.S. Open Championship in June. Ten-thousand-127 entries have been submitted, breaking the old record of 9,860 for last year's Open. The entries include 51 players who are exempt from qualifying, including a dozen previous champions. Wisconsin will host one of 111 qualifying tournaments. It's set for May 9 at the Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin. A second round of sectional qualifying is set for June second at 10 U.S. locations. The top players will then join the field for the year's second major which is normally held on Father's Day weekend. This year's Open is set for June 12th-through-15 at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina.